The game format will be a “man to man” game format, along with the typical defensive restrictions used with younger players as follows:
-Double teaming, trapping, and zone defenses are NOT allowed
-Each defender must be guarding a player (not a location) and must at all times be showing they are “reasonably trying to guard/follow their opponent”
-If an offensive player with the ball gets by their defender, another defender may come off of their opponent to play “help defense”. The “help defender” may not leave the person they are guarding until it is clear their teammate has been “beaten off the dribble” (i.e., help defense is not allowed in case a defender is beaten, it is only allowed only when a defender is beaten).
-Note: the offensive team is not allowed to create an “isolation” situation in an attempt to manipulate these rules (ex: have 4 offensive players move to one side of the court so the player with the ball can drive by their opponent)
- Except for the last 2 minutes of each half, after a change of possession at the offensive end of the court (made shot, defensive rebound, turnover), the team without the ball (now the defensive team) retreats back on defense and can not "pressure the ball" as it comes up the floor
- During the last 2 minutes of each half, the defensive team may play defense anywhere on the court. This is NOT considered a zone press, it simply means that the defenders can guard their opponent anywhere on the court. Double teaming, trapping, and zone defenses are still not allowed.
-On the first violation of any of these rules, the referee will issue a warning to the coach of the offending team. On the 2nd violation, the opposing team will shoot 1 free throw and then get the ball.